Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 6
Monday. August 5: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEMBERSHIP MEETING.
7:30 P.M. Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side
of Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft). John Economidy, Texas
Regional Editor for the Hawk Migration Association of North
America, will present a program on hawk migration and the
status of raptors in Texas. Birding since 1953, John is a
criminal defense attorney who lives and works in San
Antonio. This is a program you don't want to miss!
Learning Corner is at 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday. August 6: PUBLIC HEARING ON WESTSIDE AIRPORT at
Spring Branch Field House next to Tully Stadium, one block
south of 1-10 (Dairy Ashford exit) in far west Houston. 6:00
P.M. Called by the Federal Aviation Administration and the
City of Houston to present the Environmental Impact
Statement. This is final public hearing before a decision
is made about the Westside Airport project and the
application for federal funding.
Sunday. August 11: OG PELAGIC TRIP OUT OF PORT ARANSAS. As
of June 30 we have 110 people signed up with a waiting list
of 20 people. If you have to cancel your reservation,
please let David Bradford know as soon as possible so that
someone on the waiting list can go. You will receive a full
refund if you call in advance and we can fill your spot.
David Bradford, (713) 855-2615.
Saturday. August 17: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP FIELD TRIP to East
Beach on Galveston Island and Bolivar Flats on Bolivar
Peninsula. Our leader will be Bill Goloby, owner and guide
of Penfeathers Tours. Bill will help us identify migrant
and resident shorebirds and any other birds ue find. Plan
to meet at 7:30 A.M. where Seawall Blvd. ends at the extreme
east end of Galveston Island. Let's make our first OG field
trip of the year a big success. The trip will end around
noon. Bring plenty of water and insect repellent. Direct
questions to David Bradford, 855-2615.
Monday. September 9: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.N.
Harris County Bayland Community Center. OG member, Bert du
Plessis, owner of Fish Eagle Safaris, will present a program
on the birds of southern Africa. His program will compare
the birds of Texas and southern Africa—species found in
both areas and species pairs such as African/Black Skimmer
and Bald/Fish Eagle. A birder for ten years, Bert served in
the diplomatic field and in public relations and advertising
before starting Fish Eagle Safaris, a travel service
specializing in birding trips to southern Africa. Born in
South Africa, Bert currently lives in Houston with his wife
and two sons.
Wednesday. September 4: ONC PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP MEETING. 7:30
P.M. Bayou Manor Auditorium, 4141 S. Braeswood Blvd. Lynn
and Hike Noel will, present a slide program on "Island
Continents." The emphasis of the program will be on the
birds of island continents.
Thursday-Sunday. September 12-15: THIRD ANNUAL HUMMER/BIRD
CELEBRATION. If you missed the last two Hummer/Bird
Celebrations held in Rockport/Fulton, you should make a
special effort to attend this year. Activities begin
Thursday, September 12 with Jesse Grantham speaking at 7:30
P.M. and concludes Sunday, September 15. The four-day
extravaganza set during the fall migration of thousands of
hummingbirds, includes workshops, programs, field trips,
boat trips, booths and certainly plenty of hummingbirds.
Program schedules and information will be available at the
August 5th OG meeting.
Saturday. September 21: 1991 SIXTH ANNUAL TEXAS COASTAL
CLEANUP AND OG FIELD TRIP to Bolivar Flats and High Island.
Meet at Bolivar Flats at 7:30 A.M. for some pre-cleanup
birding. We will clean our cherished "Flats" from 9:00 A.M.
until Noon. Gloves and sunscreen and water are suggested.
Here is your opportunity to improve the quality of birding
on the Upper Texas Coast and the chance to show others you
are concerned about having a safe, clean environment. Last
September, 15,000 Beach buddies removed 233 tons of trash
from Texas beaches. Please join us for this important event.
After the cleanup we will bird High Island for migrants.
HELP..HELP..HELP!!!..The Ornithology Group of the
Outdoor Nature Club needs a Librarian and a Membership
person. All other positions have been filled for the 199"
92 year. The librarian manages the 06 library, distribute
and collects books at each meeting. To aid the new
librarian, the number of books to be made available at each
meeting has been greatly reduced. The person in charge of
membership collects new memberships and sells patches, maps
and checklists at the monthly meetings. Both positions
allow you to meet many people you might not ordinarily meet
and affords you the opportunity to become more involved in
your group. For more Information about these positions call
Peggy Milstead at 729-0433 or Bob Honig at 665-6963.
On Nay 18, a gray Saturday, 38 OG birders met at
Uhite Memorial Park, we traveled east in the intermittent
rain to Silsbee—into the Piney Woods. Led by Tony and